Report: Former Patriot Lloyd may retire

Report: Former Patriot Lloyd may retire
September 7, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Patriots may have been Brandon Lloyd's last NFL team.

Lloyd "does not intend to play football", according to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora, despite wide receiver being a need for some NFL teams.

When the Patriots signed Lloyd last season, it was thought of to be one of the bigger free agent acquisitions. Lloyd would add a deep threat to the Patriots' already lethal passing attack, as he thrived under current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Denver and then in St. Louis.

Lloyd and Tom Brady didn't click the way Brady and some of his receivers have in the past, but still, Lloyd ended the season with 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns. His 12.3 yards per catch was the lowest since an injury-plagues 2007 season, but his 74 receptions and 130 targets were both second-highest in his career, behind his best season in 2010 (77 receptions, 153 targets, 1,448 yards, and 11 touchdowns).

Even so, the Patriots released the wide receiver before the money on his next year kicked in, and the speculation around the release was that Lloyd was a bit off when it came to his relationships with teammates. That may also explain why a talented receiver like himself was on his sixth team in ten seasons.